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Relics in Hoi An and Hue open free on Tet holiday

Wed, 21 Jan 2015. Last updated Mon, 01 Jun 2015 14:19

On the occasion of upcoming Lunar New Year 2015, which is widely known as Tet Holiday in Vietnam, relics in Hoi An and Hue will be open free to encourage travelers to visit and explore its culture and monuments.

Hoi An Ancient Town (Quang Nam Province) recently announced that tourists could freely visit Hoi An Ancient Town and all of its attractions without any ticket price during four days on the occasion of Lunar New Year. This program will be applied from December 30th, 2014 to January 3rd 2015 on the lunar calendar (February 18th to 21st, 2015 on Western calendar). In details, there are 21 relics in Hoi An will be open free involving Cau Pagoda, Cam Pho Temple, Minh Huong Communal House, Quan Cong Temple, Museum of History and Culture, Museum of Trade Ceramics, Sa Huynh Culture Museum, Museum of Folklore, Quan Thang Ancient House, Duc An Ancient House, Tan Ky Ancient House, The Tran Family Home and Chapel, Chaozhou Assembly Hall, Cantonese Assembly Hall, Fujian Assembly Hall, fine arts and craft factory, XQ Hoi An, ancient tombs of 3 Japanese traders Sokukun, Tani Yajirobei and Banjiro.


Ong Pagoda in Hoi An


In addition to Hoi An, Hue Monuments Conservation Center also publicized the information of free opening relics of Hue Imperial City for Vietnamese people from January 1st to 3rd, 2015 on Lunar Calendar (which means January 19th, 20th, nd 21st February, 2015 on Western Calendar). Besides, during 3 days of Tet holiday, Thua Thien Hue will organize a series of cultural and artistic programs such as Guard Mounting Ceremony at 9.00 am in Ngo Mon Gate, royal games, calligraphy demonstration, dragon dances, traditional martial arts performance, and music performance in Thai Hoa Palace.


Tomb of Emperor Khai Đinh


And what's more, from January 20th to March 30th, 2015, Khai Tuong Lau showroom in An Dinh Palace will be free opened for travelers to visit. Located on the riverbanks of An Cuu River, An Dinh Palace is indelibly imprinted with the combination of Oriental and Western architectural style in the history of Hue art as well as Vietnamese style. Especially, this monument is also linked to the life of King Bao Dai and Queen Nam Phuong, the last royal family of Nguyen Dynasty. In 1945, after his abdication, King Bao Dai along with his mother, wife, and children left the royal citadel to live here. Over time, An Dinh Palace severely degraded. With great efforts of restoration, An Dinh Palace has appearance like today.  


An Dinh Palace in Hue


The exhibition program in Khai Tuong Lau, An Dinh Palace will take place on two themes. The first one is "A living space of Queen and King Bao Dai in a period of 1945 - 1955" with the display of 100 original artifacts recreating the living space of King Bao Dai and his family at that time. The exhibition is designed following testimonies of some witnesses who were former servants of King Bao Dai. The second subject is “Some images of Bao Dai King and Phuong Nam Queen" with more than 40 images and 30 documents about the last King and Queen of Nguyen Dynasty. 

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